German Heinrich Hertz satellite shows military reluctance to expand commercial satcom

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The German government’s decision to contract for a new telecommunications satellite is the latest example of governments’ continued reluctance to outsource satellite telecommunications to the private sector.

It will also likely mean reduced purchases of commercial satellite services as the German Armed Force, or Bundeswehr, moves more of its requirements to the government-owned Heinrich Hertz satellite.

The formal go-ahead for Heinrich Hertz, which has been debated for several years inside the German government before being approved by the German parliament in June, was confirmed on . . .

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